bought it, wasn't deep enough either.
On the bright side, I finally had success tonight. As it turns out, the secondary air pump pipe was keeping me from pulling away the cover from the head. Got it disconnected, pulled the cover away and used a pair of pliers to turn the solenoid.
The old gasket came off in pieces. It was hard and brittle. Felt more like hard plastic, similar to the fan shroud!
I've got about 90 minutes left of work to get the car up and running and I'm pooped. My back is killing me. I have no idea how mechanics do this all day...
93 325is - sold!
2000 540ia- sold!